Over the weekend, a couple of members of the FocalAgent team were among the 30,000 photography enthusiasts arriving at Birmingham's NEC to immerse themselves in the latest trends and technologies. It's a freelance-friendly profession, so it's no wonder that many of the talks, stages and stands were geared towards the self-employed. As we're already partnered up with almost 800 photographers across the country, we were in our element. This is The Photography Show in a nutshell: freelance edition.
Only 20% of freelancers make it (but it doesn't have to be that way)
As it stands, most freelancers aren't able to immediately support themselves from their craft alone; often settling for evening work in other industries. But for UK-based photographers, the real estate industry is a growing opportunity. If you're already part of the FocalAgent fleet, then congrats on beating the odds! If not, you can find out more about becoming a photographer here.
Videography is the next step in diversification
Photographers are diverse by nature. It's rare to meet a photographer who has chosen a niche and stuck rigidly within its confines. It's why so many of our real estate photographers have come from event, wedding, or product backgrounds. The industry is conditioned by diversity and at The Photography Show this year, there was a huge emphasis on the transition from still photography into videography (and even cinematography).
Photographers are fighting back for the payment they deserve
The unpaid internship has been on the rise - particularly over the past few years. It's an epidemic that has hit the creative industries especially hard but with more help from companies like The Freelancer Club and alternative career paths that bypass unpaid work, photographers are regaining their confidence in their craft as a strong source of income.